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Top 15 Most Controversial Hockey Players of All Time

There have been dozens of controversial incidents throughout the history of the NHL as well as dozens of controversial players. Some of these players will be forever known as controversial due to just one serious event while others may have been involved in multiple incidents. However, not all NHL controversies take place on the ice. Some of them stem from off-ice and dressing room incidents as well as making ill-advised comments to the press. It can be safe to say that most controversial players were known as dirty players or cheap shot artists though.

Below is a list of the top 15 most controversial NHL players of all time and since it’s limited to just 15 there have been some eligible candidates that have been left out. These include players such as Tiger Williams, Tie Domi, Marty McSorley, Bob Probert, Donald Brashear, Theo Fleury, Eddie Shore, Brett Hull, Chris Chelios, Chris Pronger, Jeremy Roenick, John Kordic, Rocket Richard, Claude Lemieux, Jarkko Ruutu, and Darcy Tucker.

Most NHL players would rather stay away from controversy, but sometimes it just can’t be helped. This is especially true of those who have been on the receiving end of on-ice muggings and attacks. For example, Steve Moore, Pierre Turgeon, and Ace Bailey will forever be associated with some of the league’s most-controversial moments just because they were victims. It doesn’t take much to stir up trouble these days due to the politically-correct world we live in, but most of these players listed below are no longer active.

15 15. Patrick Roy

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14 14. Ulf Samuelsson

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13 13. Bobby Clarke

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12 12. Mike Milbury

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11 11. Darryl Sittler

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10 10. Ted Lindsay

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9 9. Dale Hunter

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8 8. Chris Simon

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7 7. Sean Avery

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6 6. Matt Cooke

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5 5. Wayne Maki

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4 4. Ted Green

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3 3. Bobby Hull

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2 2. Raffi Torres

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1 1. Todd Bertuzzi

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Forward Todd Bertuzzi was a member of the Vancouver Canucks and playing for head coach Marc Crawford back in 2004 and was known around the league as a bit of an agitator. However, he went too far in a home game against the Colorado Avalanche in March when he attacked Steve Moore from behind with a sucker punch and drove his head into the ice by jumping him. Bertuzzi was charged with assault and suspended by the NHL as well as the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), but found himself back on the ice in August of 2015. Bertuzzi didn’t miss much action though, just 20 games in total, since the NHL was locked out for the 2004-05 season. Moore ended up retiring from the league and the civil court case against him dragged on for years. Bertuzzi and Moore finally came to an agreement regarding the assault in 2014. As far as the criminal charges went, Bertuzzi pleaded guilty to assault, was given a year’s probation, 80-hours of community service and a conditional discharge. He was also banned from playing in any game against Moore.

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